Ramblings About Kids and Technology

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Technology and Kids

Do you ever wonder sometimes what it will be like for our kids to grow up with so much technology? Now, let’s just get this out to the way that this is not going to be a doom and gloom post about kids and technology. Because let’s be honest, I don’t really enjoy reading those posts. Even though I actively monitor and limit my kids’ screen time, they still get some and I don’t think that.

But today I was just thinking about how I grew up with technology and how much more so that will be the case for my kids. I mean, earlier this week, Dominic sent his first text. Well, he typed it anyways. I don’t really remember a time before technology. But he really won’t remember a time before technology.

Periodically, Nick looks at our monthly phone usage. Today he informed me that in the last month I have sent 1,053 text messages. And this number doesn’t even include iMessages, of which I have also sent many, but have no data on that. And this number doesn’t measure Facebook messages, which is my main form of communication with a few friends. But basically, the point is, I use these tools to communicate a lot.

Because that’s what they are – they are tools. And this is one of the perspectives that I hope to teach my kids. Not that technology is doom and gloom, but that, when used properly, technology can be a wonderful tool, that allows us to connect with people. That allows us to learn. That assists us with tasks we find difficult.

But also that just because it is a tool to do all those things, doesn’t mean that it should be the only way we do all those things. That there is value in face to face connection. That there are ways to learn outside of technology. That sometimes there are creative solutions to difficult tasks.

There’s a lot of things that I want my kids to learn about technology and honestly, I don’t even know what all of those things are. Somedays, I feel like I’m still learning about technology and I’ve been using it for a very long time. This post is definitely a lot more rambly than yesterday’s post. I hope that’s okay. 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts on kids and tech – the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

Twitter and Women’s Issues

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Well, you may or may not be familiar with twitter, but I thought I would take this post to write a bit about what you can find on twitter if you want to find things about women or other things.

If you’re familiar with twitter, this will probably seem a little basic, but if you’re just getting started with twitter, then this might be helpful to you.

Basically, twitter has something called hashtags. It’s a word (or a phrase without spaces) where a # comes before it. When someone tweets this, it shows up in blue and you can click on it. This will then bring up other tweets where the writer used the same hashtag.

Anyone can make a hashtag, but it helps to use already existing ones if you are looking to connect it with other similar topics. The reason I bring this up is because there are tons of hashtags that could be helpful in finding out things about the news, politics, women’s issues, etc.

For example, you can start broad, with hashtags like:

  • #feminism
  • #women
  • #motherhood
  • #mothers
  • #girls

Or you can get more specific with hashtags like:

  • #prolife
  • #equalpay
  • #VAWA
  • #miscarriages
  • #domesticviolence
Or you can get very broad and general with hashtags like:
  • #Afghanistan
  • #France
  • #GOP
  • #Sudanese
  • #Saudi
  • #Mali
  • #news
  • #conservative
If you are looking for these when you go to your twitter homepage, you can type the # and the word, etc, into the search bar and it will pull up tweets that way as well. There’s a hashtag for almost everything.
I hope you discover some interesting things – I know I have! I sometimes tweet about women’s issues – you can find me by clicking the twitter icon in the sidebar or through my screen name @misslissy
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